Chronic sinus infections may be the result of bacterial or fungal infections. Sinus infections are usually treated with antibiotics and steroids. However, antibiotics will only make fungal sinus infections worse. I’ve found that many of my patients find relief from chronic nasal congestion and infections from using the following protocol.
If you have chronic sinus infections you should be using a daily nasal rinse program. I use a nasal rinse kit from Neil Med Products -available by calling Neil Med directly (1-877-477-8633). Patients simply add warm water and one of the (50 to a box) buffered sodium packets into the plastic six ounce bottle. For stubborn infections, I encourage patients to add several drops of liquid betadine. Betadine is a topical antiseptic; it kills viruses, bacteria, and yeast.
Make Your Own Nasal RinseMix together the following:
• __ teaspoon of betadine
• __ teaspoon of baking soda
• __ teaspoon of liquid glycerin
• __ 15–20 ounces warm water
Draw up into a baby bulb syringe, and flush each nostril several times. Don’t inhale through your nose. Just let mixture rest in your nose for a few seconds and then gently blow nostril clean. Note: Betadine will stain your clothes, so be sure to cover your upper body a with towel, etc. Use once a day for 2 weeks, then as needed at first sign of cold, flu, or sinusitis.
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